Apple: Jobs approved design of next iPhone

Firm's legal exec reveals late boss approved the design of the iPhone 5 and the next phone before he died in October 2011

The next iPhone will be the last with a design directly approved by Steve Jobs, the company has revealed in a meeting with legal experts over ways to cut phone thefts San Francisco.

Apple's liaison officer Micheal Foulkes was speaking with San Francisco district attorney George Cascón, who is keen to find ways to reduce the number of mobile phone thefts.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, Foulkes revealed that the designs for the next two phones (the 5 and the iPhone due to be unveiled this summer) "preceded Tim Cook [being CEO]". That would mean both phones had been designed prior to Job's death in October 2011.

However, industry insiders speaking to the Guardian said that this isn't really a surprise to them. Horace Dediu, who previously worked at Nokia and now runs the Asymco consultancy, said: "Having worked in a phone company, I think it's a given [that the phones were designed that far back]. Work under way now is for products shipping in 2016."

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